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Alleged impersonator in NDEA net

Apr 8, 2011, 1:57 PM | Article By: Momodou Faal

One Ousman Njie, a Gambian, is currently in custody helping officers of the National Drug Enforcement Agency (NDEA) in their investigation, after he was arrested for alleged impersonation and with two wraps of suspected cannabis.

Njie, a resident of Bakau, was arrested on 31st March during a raid by NDEA officers in the Kanifing Municipality.

According to NDEA Public Relations Officer ASP Abdoulie Ceesay, the suspect was searched and the officers discovered suspected cannabis, handcuffs, a toy gun and the photocopy of a police ID card in the name of one Lamin Manjang, a police officer.

ASP Ceesay, who was speaking in an interview with this reporter yesterday, added that after the accused was arrested, he was escorted to his house, where another wrap of suspected cannabis was also recovered.

Investigations so far revealed that the accused person, Ousman Njie, has been impersonating drug enforcement officers, and operated in many areas within the Kanifing Municipality, using the photocopied police ID card, handcuffs and a fake toy gun.

ASP Ceesay also told The Point that investigations are still ongoing, and that the police public relations officer has made it clear that Ousman Njie is not enlisted in the Gambia Police Force.

"Therefore, it is an offence for him to possess any police ID card  belonging to a police officer and, as a result, he is charged with being in possession of prohibited drugs by the NDEA, and the police may also charge him for impersonation and threatening  violence by possessing a fake toy gun, which he uses to facilitate his operations," Ceesay added.

Ceesay urged the general public to be vigilant, and to report suspected criminals to the relevant authorities for immediate action. He said that after the arrest of the accused person, they subsequently received several complaints from the general public that Ousman Njie has been engaged in such acts.